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How Lyft Works

If you’re like us, you love the Chicago Area, from the Magnificent Mile to Wrigleyville to Wicker Park. No matter where you end up, count on Lyft for rides in minutes. The Lyft app matches you with friendly local drivers at the tap of a button. Just request and go. After the ride, simply pay through your phone.

Lyft is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Choose Lyft and get the most affordable ride in town.

Traveling to or from the airport? Lyft serves ORD & MDW.

Estimate Trip Cost

Where to? Enter a pickup and drop-off location to estimate the price of your trip. Pro-tip: Your ride doesn’t just have to be from A to B. With Lyft and Lyft Plus, you can make multiple stops per ride.

Sample fares are estimates only, actual fares may vary. An airport fee may be added to your fare. Subject to Lyft’s Terms of Service.

Ways to Ride


Lyft is your personal ride. Whether you're traveling solo or with up to three friends, this sedan is yours to fill.

Cancel Penalty$5.00
Service Fee$1.40
Scheduled Ride Cancel Penalty$10.00
Cost Per Mile$0.90
Cost Per Minute$0.20
Base Fare$1.70
Maximum Fare$200.00
Minimum Fare$3.00

Make up to $35/hr driving with Lyft.

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At times of high demand your fare may be subject to a ‘Prime Time’ multiplier to keep vehicles available. The multiplier, if any, will be communicated to you at the time of your ride request. Applicable tolls and surcharges may also be added to your fare.

Trips to or from Chicago Airports (O'Hare and Midway), McCormick Place, and Navy Pier are subject to a $5.00 surcharge.

In some cases Lyft may quote you a fare at the time of your request instead of the variable rates above. If during your ride you change your destination, make multiple stops, or attempt to abuse the Lyft Platform, we may cancel the fare quote and charge you a variable fare based on the time and distance of your ride.